How can I become a published poet?
I dabble in poetry and want to become a published poet and eventually publish a book of poetry but don’t know where to start or how to go about it. What is the poetry industry like? How can I become a better poet? Are there any books or poets you would recommend reading?
Suggestion by Dude the Obscure
Get a copy of the annual directory “Poet’s Market” from a bookstore or library, read the information contained in it about how to submit your poems to literary magazines, and then use the listings in the book to find some magazines that sound as if they might publish the kind of poetry that you write. Get some copies of those magazines and read them. Then send your poems (using the instructions in “Poet’s Market” for format, etc.) to the magazines you like best. Many times they will send them back. Keep trying. Eventually you will get some fo them published.
You have to have a solid record of publication in good literary magazines before any publisher will consider publishing a whole book of your poems.
You ask a very good question about what to read. As much as you can! But maybe you could start by getting, from a bookstore or library, an anthology of contemporary poetry in your language (“The Voice that is Great Within Us” is a good one); an anthology that includes poetry from the past (“The Norton Anthology of Poetry,” for example); and an anthology of poetry from some culture other than your own (such as “The ECCO Anthology of International Poetry”). Together, those 3 books will introduce you to countless styles and individual poets. Then you can start reading more work by the poets you decide you really like.
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Suggestion by Campione del Mondo
Let’s start slow. Improve 1st, then submit.
Poetry does not have to rhyme, but rhythm is important.
You must read as much as you can and as many different styles as you can, classic and contemporary; free verse and structured forms. Two good anthologies: Staying Alive, Real poems for Unreal Times edited by Neil Astley and Garrison Keillor’s Good Poems. Two books on writing that will help guide you are Mary Oliver’s A Poetry Handbook and The Poetry Home Repair Kit from Ted Kooser.
There are many good sites on line where you can read poetry daily or browse the archives:
Academy of Americans Poets
The Writer’s Almanac
Books to look at — besides reading a lot of poetry:
In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet’s Portable Workshop by Steve Kowit
The Discovery of Poetry: A Field Guide to Reading and Writing Poems by Frances Mayes
Writing the Australian Crawl or Crossing Unmarked Snow by William Stafford
The Poet’s Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry by Kim Addonizio and Dorianne Laux
Poetry Home Repair Kit by Ted Kooser
All The Fun’s in How you say the thing by Timothy Steele
A Poetry Handbook and Rules for the Dance by Mary Oliver
Poetry doesn’t have a huge market (though the amount of poetry being published is larger than at any time in history), most print publications are poorly funded or rely on volunteers or students, so your chances of being paid are slim. I find it interesting the number of writers who want to be published but do not support those who publish poetry. How many books of poetry have you purchased in the last year? How many journals do you subscribe to? What do you do to advocate for poetry in your community, to make a market, to cause interest?
And if you’re set on doing this now: Welcome to Duotrope, an award-winning, free writers’ resource listing over 3525 current Fiction and Poetry publications. Use this page to search for markets that may make a fine home for the piece you just polished.
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Is it possible to change the outcomes given by a tarot card reading?
My wife has gotten a couple tarot card readings and they’ve both been extremely accurate. Yesterday she got another one that had some disturbing predictions about our future together. How accurate are tarot cards at predicting the future?
Suggestion by opinionatedlilbugger
They are cards. They do not predict the future.
It is easy to listen to the meanings of the cards and apply it to your life. Just about anything vague and ambiguous can be applied to ones own life.
The “power” held by tarot cards is purely psychological. If we believe what they say, we subconsciously behave in ways that will prove the cards right.
It is all in the power of suggestion.
Suggestion by A Friend
When a couple of well dressed people knock on your door offering to study the Bible with you accept a study.
And they will certainly build houses and have occupancy; and they will certainly plant vineyards and eat [their] fruitage. They will not build and someone else have occupancy; they will not plant and someone else do the eating. For like the days of a tree will the days of my people be; and the work of their own hands my chosen ones will use to the full.
Suggestion by Paul B
The only way a Tarot deck can predict the future is if you let it. If you keep this in mind, note coincidences and events that seem like its the prediction starting to come to pass – even though they’re just stuff that randomly happens all the time anyway – then its possible that you might unconsciously cause it to happen in its entirety.
Its called a self fulfilling prophesy – that is, the very act of predicting it causes it to happen.
My advice is to try to forget all about it, and encourage your wife to do the same. If you really care about each other, you’ll be able to stick out the good times as well as the bad.
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